What I Learned in #HourofCodeMonday, December 14, 20158:32 PM
One of my goals this year is to try new things and step out of my technological comfort zone. I want to learn more about STEM, coding, maker spaces, and everything else in our ever-growing field of edtech, both for me and for my students. So this year, when two of my colleagues in the math department offered to help facilitate lessons, I jumped right in. And it was great.
Not only was it fun, but I had some important takeaways from the experience:
What I Learned in #HourofCode
Lucas builds a galaxy with #HourOfCode #StarWars #SchoenTell #OssiningPride pic.twitter.com/jrGDIvguQi— Adam Schoenbart (@MrSchoenbart) December 11, 2015
2. Coding is a Gateway to #FutureReadyMy colleague, Mr. Goldberg, shared surprising facts about coding and computer science with us, and I explored further at code.org. I found the graphic below along with this statistic: there will be one billion computing job openings by 2022---around double the jobs available right now. We often talk about what it means to make out students #futureready, about the types of jobs they will have that don’t yet exists, and about the classrooms of tomorrow. I didn’t realize how much of an opportunity #HourofCode was to help prepare students or interest them in one possible future.
3. Coding is Fun!I’ve always enjoyed codes, math, HTML, and logic. But I was amazed at how much fun all of #HourofCode exercises we explored were. Many reminded me of the old-school Mario games of my childhood, where you move the character in four directions to achieve a task, only now you are writing or dragging and dropping blocks of code to make that direction come to life. In so many ways it was like building a video game--a connection I hadn’t made before. The students seemed to really enjoy it, and although I loved watching them explore, I had even more fun playing and coding myself.
#SchoenTell is working on 3D design with #Tinkercad for #HourOfCode #OssiningPride pic.twitter.com/D6XiQhRQDV— Adam Schoenbart (@MrSchoenbart) December 11, 2015
4. Coding is for EveryoneFrom the geeks who shall inherit the world to NBA stars or from high school seniors to elementary students, anyone can code. I was so impressed by the variety of activities I found on code.org, the ages they appealed to, and the creativity I saw from my PLN online. Below is a video and Tweet from a colleague at the middle school, and it was great to see #HourofCode embraced throughout my district, and to experience it as shared learning throughout the year.
We are coders!!! #HourOfCode @ossiningpride @dougalb @jluft1 @OssiningSchools @oufsdtech @psmirra37 pic.twitter.com/ZSb6bsULDe— Mrs. Kelly Douai (@knv80) December 9, 2015
Monique helped me but I learned how to move Anna in four diamonds #schoentell pic.twitter.com/6s6efyrCox— Nadia Lau (@nlau0327_) December 12, 2015